Thursday, August 21, 2008

Winners

Well the Summer Sock contest is over. The winners are

Rebecca A (socks at the beach)
and
Sokk Girl (socks in the garden)

Congrats ladies. Pick up your prize at the store anytime after Saturday August 23.

Thanks for playing.

On a slightly sad note we will be taking a vacation from Socks In The Cities. I'm not sure how long this will be but it seems to be slowing to a very dull roar and we want to revamp it to make it better and more interesting. I know we can do it. But until then keep your eyes on the Yarnery Blog where we will keep you posted on when we will have more knit-alongs.

Thank you to everyone who were a part of this KAL. It was great fun, I met a ton of wonderful people and new friends. See you in the store and at The Yarnery Blog.

Sarah W.

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Promise Blanket Is Done!

In case you haven't been in the store since Wednesday you should know that The Promise Blanket is complete. And displayed.

Thank you so much to all who created squares, donated yarn, and donated time to seam the blanket up. You all really stepped up (as I knew you would) for a great cause. The Woman's Advocate.

Now for some stats: The Promise Blanket measures 55" x 61" (or approx 4.5 x 5 feet, or 1.39 x 1.54 meters). In these picture (which are pre-blocked) it is on a double bed so you can get an idea of what the size looks like in real life. The Promise Blanket is completely machine washable, however I do recommend you dry it flat.

I must say it turned out better than even I had hoped. It is beautiful and would make a lovely addition to anyone's home. You can see who made what square by visiting our flickr page. Which leads me to the next bit of info... how you can own it.

As you may have read in an email The Yarnery is going to be throwing a birthday celebration on August 16, 2008. At the celebration there will be items for auction such as old Rowan and Alice Starmore books. I'd like to point out that the proceeds for those items will be going to Knitters Without Borders.

But also at the auction will be our Promise Blanket. It will be a silent auction and if you want to be the one who takes it home you just need to be the top dollar amount at the end of the party. And I assure you, it is worth it!! And has been stated before, all of the proceeds for The Promise Blanket auction will be going to Women's Advocate. The WA provides shelter and resources to women and their families who are victims of domestic violence. And should the auction get too rich for your blood you will have the opportunity to give a donation at anytime during the auction. With a donation of $10 or more you will receive a gift from The Yarnery.

So I hope to see all of you at the Birthday Celebration (there will be cake) and I hope to see all of your generousness (is that a word?) shining brightly.

Thanks again. You all did such a wonderful job.

Sarah W.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Knitted Sock Display

For all you sock fans, below is a message from the MN Knitter's Guild regarding their current display.

Got Socks?
Minnesota Knitters' Guild to display examples of knitted socks in the Textile Center's Community Gallery July 20–Aug 28
Work of the Minnesota Knitters' Guild will be featured in the Community Gallery of the Textile Center of Minnesota. This year, guild members chose to display examples of their knitted socks. The exhibit will be in the main hallway of the Textile Center from July 20 through Aug. 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Promise Blanket Update

The Promise Blanket is getting done. Thank you so much to all of you who have sent in a square (or two, or three). We will have a lovely throw-sized blanket to make us some good money for the Women's Advocate.

Here's a little preview of some squares:

1. Square 23, 2. Square 28, 3. Square 33, 4. Square 36, 5. Square 14, 6. Square 15, 7. Square 10, 8. Square 9, 9. Square 4

We do have a flickr account now that has some of the squares uploaded so you should click over and see all the pretties. I must admit that being as I have been dragging this blanket home then back to the Yarnery, then home, then (you get it) I've misplaced a few names and yarn info. If you see your square and it has no info let me know asap and I'll get that fixed right up.

I also wanted to let you all know that for the most part the sizes were just right. However, we do have a few squares that are too small to fit nicely into the blanket. Never fear, your work is not for nothing. As soon as the main blanket is done I'm settling in to seem together a smaller (aka baby) blanket. Everyone's hard work will be paying off, I promise.

And a shout out to the New York Knit Wits who sent in seven squares all the way from (you guessed it) New York. Ladies, thank you so much!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Red Socks

After reading Lene's Blog this morning, I need stash enhancement. She just makes red socks sound so special. My less-special brown socks are seeming dull. This might be sock envy. I am loving the yarn and the fact that they are "chocolate". Really. That is the colorway. It's the color's name. Chocolate.

Somewhere in my remembering, I think I am supposed to take a photo of my sock on one of my travels this summer. With all of my plans to tend the garden, that seems the furthest and best place that I have been.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Promise Blanket

Today marks the official one week countdown to the Promise Blanket Square deadline. So many people have taken the info from the store and now is the time to get those squares in.

Remember that the squares need to be in by July 15, 2008. Hand deliver them or send them. We just want to make sure that they are in this beautiful blanket.

Also, stay tuned for information about how you can have your shot at owning this great blanket... as well as helping a great organization.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mulberry Hedgerow Socks Started

It's kind of hard to see them in this photo, but here is the start of my next pair of socks. I'm doing two socks on two circulars, this time starting with cuff down. I used a tubular cast on. This is ShibuiKnits Sock yarn, Mulberry colorway. I'm doing the Hedgerow Sock pattern from Knitter's Review.

June update

There wasn't much knitting this last week. Summer of socks started and my knitting mojo went on vacation.

I have worked a little on my promise blanket square.

YarnerySq

And my knitting mojo may have just come back:

TonksSock

Both yarns are from Twisted Fiber Art, the square in Ariel in the Netherfield colorway and the sock in Playful in the Tonks colorway, which was part of the sock yarn club.

Saturday, June 28, 2008



I have finished my first socks.  I took them off to get a picture of them off of my feet, but my cat Sophie decided she liked them.  I can't say they were a resounding success.  The toe on my second sock turned out a bit tighter and I took the picture in a way to hide my not so great kitchener stitch.  I think I need to learn to knit toe up socks.  But, I will wear them and start my next pair.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Socks on the Beach



My Kureyon socks just got back from a trip to the Jersey shore. Here they are cavorting with a couple of rockin' Jersey Boys! We had a lot of fun at the beach and later we hit the Pt. Pleasant boardwalk and rode the Dizzy Dragon and the Choo Choo Train. I actually finished these socks on June 7, but waited to photograph them on my vacation in New Jersey. I started a new pair on the plane and will post a progress photo soon. I'm also hoping to work on a square for the charity afghan.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

First Socks

This is my first pair of socks.  I took a class earlier this year and am finally getting around to finish them.  I joined this KAL to help give me incentive to finally get them done.  I have to move on to the next pair and start using some of the sock stash I have been accumulating.  You have permission to give me a hard time if they are not done by the end of June as by the time I figured out how to get this picture in this blog, I am even farther along than the picture shows.
The yarn is Reggia, Design Line by Kaffe Fassett.  I used the Knit to Fit pattern by Nancy Lindberg.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I Knit My Square

I knit up a square following the pattern Sarah linked to - it's a fun pattern, though I didn't do as well with the cast on as I'd have liked:



It's knit with leftover Tess' Designer Yarns, which I used to knit a pair of Jaywalkers.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Seagull Lake Socks

Now I know I'm not eligible for prizes but my socks have already been traveling.
These are Cascade Sassy Stripes knit on 1 1/2 needles. The pattern is reminding me of a coral snake. Don't know why.

They are sitting next to Seagull Lake all the way up the Gunflint Trail in Minnesota. They had a great time there, they said so.

Happy knitting and summering.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Promise Blanket

Dear fellow fiber artists:

The Yarnery is very excited to let you know about The Promise Blanket project. We are asking anyone and everyone to knit a square made of fingering weight superwash sock yarn and send it to us. Then we will sew the squares together into at least one blanket (more if you’re generous) to auction off for charity.
The charity we have chosen is the Women’s Advocates, Inc., which provides shelter and resources for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Something that shouldn’t exist, but sadly does. Domestic violence affects too many families and if the proceeds from our project can help even one woman start anew we’ve made a step in the right direction.

Inspired by Socks In The Cities and Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together by Larissa Brown and John Martin Brown, we are hoping to create a beautiful blanket knit by people near and far. We will display the blanket(s) in our store and online and hold the auction on Saturday, August 16, 2008. The auction will be open to knitters and non-knitters, with all of the money going to the Women’s Advocates, Inc.

If you would like additional information about the Yarnery, the blanket, or the Women’s Advocate visit yarnery.com for links. If you have any questions please email me at sitckal@gmail.com.

We would appreciate your help in any of the following ways:

  • A 7 ½ square made of sock yarn (the Knitalong book has a pattern - you can find it in our store or at the library).
  • Donate any of your left over fingering weight sock yarn to The Yarnery, 840 Grande Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
  • Mention our project with a link on your website, blog, store, class, etc.
  • If you are in the Twin Cities, MN area please join us at The Yarnery on July 20, 2008 from 6:30 - 8:00pm for an “old-fashioned” sewing bee to seam the blanket together.

Thank you for your support and good will.
Sarah W.

When you bring in your square please attach a note with who you are, where you are from and what yarn you used. Thank you.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Under the Wire

I've been busy with other projects this month, but I did manage to finish a pair of socks (thanks to a bit of movie knitting).



Curious Creek Fibers Serengeti Autumn in New England knit with an Eye of the Partridge heel and toe on US 3 DPNs.

I couldn't resist and started another sock to keep me occupied during the fourth Indiana Jones movie.



Fiesta Yarns Boomerang in Rhubarb.

I've joined the Summer of Socks in an attempt to finish up some of the sock projects I've already started.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Completed Socks for May


A "springy" pair of anklets for golf and other warm weather activities. I found the pattern online and really enjoyed it despite a few out of sync rows on the first sock. It was the first sock I've made with any sort of pattern and it was a great introduction. The pattern is Nasturtium Anklets by Kristen Kapur which I found on her website http://www.throughtheloops.typepad.com/. I used and OnLite yarn from the Beach Color collection - #942. I really enjoyed using this yarn. It is super soft, behaves well and is just a joy to work with.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Summer Sock Contest

I have been planning a few ideas for our great KAL. Today I am going to concentrate on getting a contest started.

Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. Ball games, graduation parties, vacation and camping are just some of the things in our future. Another great part of summer? Knitting socks. The perfect summer project, sock knitting can be taken just about anywhere. It isn’t so large that it makes you sweat and as we all know socks are just cool!!

So here’s the deal. I want to see your socks en route. Take a picture of your socks in progress on the carousel at Como Zoo, running the rapids in Colorado (don’t endanger yourself for the photo though), at a cafĂ© in Paris or even sitting by the fire at a nearby state park. Maybe your sock went to cousin Jason’s grad party and ate too much potato salad. Perhaps it is planning to have fun at the family 4th of July picnic. Take a picture. We want to see it!

Truth be told we have all brought along our knitting with no real intention of working on it - only to break it out for just a few rows. This may be the very best part of sock knitting.

This contest will run over the summer. I will keep track of everyone’s posts and the great pictures. I would also like your permission (via an email or a notation on your post) to use any photos on this and our other Yarnery Blog so that all might see the great places we have been and the wonderful socks we have knit.

There will be prize categories. And they will be (drum roll please):

Furthest Traveled Sock

You Brought Your Sock Where?
(most unique spot to find a sock)


Knitter’s Are Everywhere
(get a picture of you and your sock with a fellow knitter you met on your travels)

Best in Show Sock

There will be one prize awarded for each category. The prizes are still in the making but I’m thinking you’ll love them.

The contest will run from today until August 15. Final entries must be posted by midnight, August 15, 2008. You may post as many entries as you would like. Posts without photos will not qualify for prizes but we would like to hear from you anyway.

And just to give you extra incentive: check your email for all of this info and a 10% off coupon.

Last socks of spring

I finally finished up my Cable Lattice Socks:



These took way longer than they should have - mainly because I knit them about 1/2 to 1" too long on the foot and because I didn't have a ton of knitting time. No problems at all with the pattern or yarn, which is always what you want. I was holding my breath as I finished the toe of the last sock, though, because I only had a couple of yards left at the end. Here's how they look on the foot:



Here are the specifics:

Project Name:
Cable Lattice Socks
Designer: Coats Patons
Pattern Source: Knitnet
Yarn: Socks That Rock - Little Bunny Foo Foo Colorway
Date Started: 2/16/08
Date Completed: 5/18/08

And now I'm taking a short break from socks. I'm participating in the Summer of Socks KAL and so I'm going to wait to cast on my next pair until summer officially begins. I'm not trying to compete in the most socks contest since I probably won't knit more than one or two pair over the summer, but it'll be good to start fresh anyway.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Socks in the Garden


Please forgive the blinding white legs!
I'm slowly, but surely working on my Kureyon socks. I love the colors. My next pair of socks will definitely be two socks on two circs. This is the second pair in a row that I've knit one at a time and both have had slightly tighter gauge on the second sock. Luckily, my left foot is slightly smaller than the right. At least if I knit two at a time, I'll have the same gauge.
On another note, I've decided to resurrect my blog. I'm posting pictures of my garden and sometimes I throw in a little knitting. If you'd like to check it out, it's at www.onspock.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Completed Socks in April

I forgot! It's May already... but I did finish 2 pairs of socks in April. The first one is from the Rockin' Sock Club's Leafling Socks:

knitting 443

This is the March Mystery Socks from the Ravelry's Sock Knitters Anoynomous KAL: (using Socks That Rock Lightweight in Socktopus colorway)

knitting 490

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I think I may be addicted . . .

My name is Sarah and I am a sock knitting addict. I'm kind of serious. I just learned to knit in December and have since finished 2 and 3/4 pairs of socks. And I already have plans (and materials) for the next 2-3 pair. Yikes! Help!

I am working on some cotton blend ankle socks right now for summer which are fun even though the cotton is a little harder to work with than wool. This is my first lacy pattern (found on Ravelry) and, after some initial hiccups, I am really enjoying it. On the first sock, you can see where I got a little off for a round. I left that weird spot in as a testament to the learning process.

I did finsh my first pair of circular needle, fingering weight socks this month (I LOVE Opal sock yarn). They fit well and I've worn them a few times already. No pictures since I keep forgetting (must write notes to myself . . . ). I will do my best to get some up when this next pair is finished (for next month).

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Knitting with the Harlot

OK, so it's not a finished sock, but this is how much knitting I can get done while the Yarn Harlot was in town.



Rose Garden (my best guess) Handmaiden Casbah (deluxe!) in Crest of the Wave Pattern.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Hi everyone,
This is my first post and my first KAL so I admit I'm a little nervous.
I finished my first pair of socks using my favorite basic sock pattern (60 stitches, magic loop using a size 1 needle).  For a slight variation I used a K4, P1 rib pattern on the sock.  It fits really well with a good grip from the rib pattern.  The sock yarn is a red, pink, burgundy self-striper with a dash of yellow between the dominant colors.  It's been in my stash so long I've lost the ball band.  Hopefully, it's a washable wool as that is what I intend to do with it. 
Now all I have to do is figure out how to take a picture and I'll be in!
Happy knitting,
Woodydotter

Friday, April 18, 2008

My Lacy Socks

My second pair this month is a pair of SFS socks. These were made from Opal tan and used four different needle sizes, from 0 to 2. The idea of the pattern was to make them so that they would mold to a soldier's calf better. Their legs are 12" long. That's so they can fit up over boots.

Anyway, a friend modeled them for me, and here they are.
I made these from the Favorite Socks book. I think the pattern is called wavy lace. I made them for an online friend I have known for 10 years. We met in person for the first time and I presented them to her.

The yarn is Smooshie purple. I love working with it. It is so very soft.

She was thrilled with them. She has never had a pair of hand knit socks before.




Thursday, April 17, 2008

My first pair!








I'm "officially" a sock knitter now because I've finished my first PAIR of socks!
I usually have socks in various stages, but never a matching pair. These are actually from my Fargo LYS sock club. The pattern is Leyburn Socks and the yarn was custom dyed by Castle Fibers in the LYS colors.

I enjoyed this pattern. It was easy to memorize yet not boring. Can't wait to wear them!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

What a difference a few stitches make

I finished the first of my cable lattice socks:



They're an excellent example of how self-striping yarn works with stitch count. You knit the leg on 80 stitches and as you can see, you get stripes with that stitch count. Then you do the heel and after you pick up all the stitches on the heel flap, you have 97 stitches. With so many stitches, the colors just fall really randomly. You start decreasing down and you can see when you get in the 80 stitch range, you get some stripes again. But you keep decreasing because the bottom of the foot is now stockinette stitch and so you go down to 75 stitches on the foot. And it stops striping and starts flashing. I know this would really bother some people, but I actually kind of like it. It REALLY reminds me of neopolitan ice cream now:

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Back to Socks...


I'm back to working on my Kureyon Socks. Last night I did the heel and I spent a little of this morning working on the cuff, but I now have to get outside and do some yardwork!. An inch or two more and I'll be working on the second sock. I didn't notice this when I split the skein of yarn, but I didn't plan well for the colors. The second ball is starting over where the first one started, so I won't get all the colors in this sock. On the plus side, for this sock, I started with purple for the toe on ball A and when I got to the heel, ball B was at purple, so my toe and heel match for this sock. I have no idea if this will work the same for the second sock. I do know that the second sock is going to have some colors that the first sock doesn't have, so these will be VERY fraternal twins.
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Friday, April 4, 2008

Rainbow Socks

The sock mojo is back, it appears. After I finished up the Sock Hop socks I cast on right away for these.


I had been meaning to try them out ever since they appeared in Magknits. I was very impressed with the idea of doing something different with self-striping yarn, so I dug in my stash and cast-on. The pro is that it is indeed a cool way to use self-striping yarn. The con is that working short-rows all the time is putzy and annoying. And I seem to get these little bulges in the fabric which is kind of driving me crazy. Though I think blocking or even washing and wearing will get rid of them. It's definitely cool to see wedges of color instead of the same old stripes.

These are the second pair for my husband. I'm thinking of them as "Summer" socks because they make me think of the 4th of July. (Ever wondered why so many countries have red, white and blue in their flags?) Since I finished the "Spring" ones in March, now just two more seasons to go! Good thing his birthday is in December.

The Winner...

...of a Yarn Harlot Book is

DEEPA!!

Congrats Deepa for answering the questions right, also for making not one, but two posts this month!!

This was a fun contest. And I'm also going to point out that this was a record month for blog posts!! Keep them coming.

Thanks to Rebecca A for blogging about something else that she made with sock yarn... which is going to be part of the next contest, keep your eyes peeled for the next post. (and Rebecca you will be able to re-enter with that same post).

Thanks again and congrats, Deepa. You can pick up the book at the store anytime.

Sarah

Monday, March 31, 2008

March Socks

For this month's socks I used Trekking XXL (75% new wool, 25% nylon) with Gems on the toe. I have been using 2 circulars for the last few pairs of socks and love it.










I picked up a skein of the new Noro sock yarn from Bella Lana on 4th & Central in Minneapolis and have started working on April's socks. The colors are beautiful but the yarn takes a little getting used to because it is slubby and not as soft as I am used to. I suspect after a wash they will soften.

Dancing the Sock Hop

What can I say...monogamy pays. I cast on for a sock as soon as I got the fabulous handspun yarn and I refused to be tempted by other projects. Get thee from me, SSS! And so, a couple of days ago, I finished the pair, 7.5" cuffs and all.


Yarn: Sock Hop handspun in In-a-gadda-da-vida
Pattern: Variation of Nancy Bush's Madder Rib. I did a k6, p2, k2, p2 rib over 60 sts.
Needles: 2.5 mm dpns

I love them. They make me think of spring, the strange sight outside the window today notwithstanding.

These are the first of the 3 or 4 or 6 pairs I am knitting the huz for his big birthday this year. I turned the heel on the first sock of his next pair...stay tuned!

My March Projects

Two big ones on the needles.
I finished my Opal ones two weeks ago as part of my Socks for Soldiers project. I used some Jarwoll Lang for the contrast. These socks are probably on their way to Iraq or Afghanistan by now. This only leaves me about 10 pair behind what I should be doing. I have another pair and a half of soldier socks OTN right now, too. It's a never ending project.

Here they are:

I will post my second project in a day or two, after I have given the socks to my friend. Let's just say I have fallen in love with Smooshie yarn.

Still Plugging Along



The knitting funk continues. But I have made a little progress on my Twisted Fiber Art Smitten sock. I took it with me to Philly this weekend to work on.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Finally, some socks

I haven't worked on socks often this year. These are only my second pair for 2008. (The pattern is Simply Cables from the Sockamania KAL.)

The socks look different because I was using a hand-dyed yarn, and knit one sock with one end of the skein, and the other with the opposite end. Very surprising! :




Happy Spring!
limedragon :-: Harriet

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Resoleable Socks




Finally, a finished pair of socks to post. These are the Resoleable Socks from IK's Favorite Socks, a gift for my dad. Ever since I saw a pair of EZ's moccasin socks way back in the early days of blogging, I have liked the idea, but I didn't really love the shape of those socks. So when I saw these, I decided they must be knit. They were actually a pretty boring knit, but they went quickly in worsted weight. At least they looked kind of amusing on my 2 circs - like a fanged sock monster.


I should note that these socks run really large through the ankles which was perfect for my dad, but they were very baggy on my husband, even though their feet are the same size. Knitting these socks reinforced why I think toe-up is a better idea. I first did the whole toe in the dark brown yarn. After I finished the first, I weighed the remaining dark brown yarn and figured I had enough. Wrong. I ran out with about an inch to go on the second toe. So I ripped the first one, deciding to leave a few rows of dark around the full circumference. It was laziness really. I had already knit the first toe twice because the first time came out too pointy. I reknit doing the last couple round of decreases without a plain row in between, and grafted as soon as I got down to 12 sts on ea needle. Third time's a charm! At least Dad is happy with them, and as it happens I finished them just in time for his spontaneous visit.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Not socks, but...



I am working on something made of sock yarn. My current pair of socks are on hold, because I started this 12 pointed Celestine star as a birthday present for my nephew Michael. I was making good progress until the last point. When you get to this point, you stuff the star and then knit the final point. It isn't so easy knitting it once it is stuffed. I've been procrastinating and the last point has taken me most of the last two weeks. Otherwise, this is a very fun little pattern. I'm using some Opal from my stash - I thought these colors looked good for a little kid. It is a free pattern on the Berrocco website.
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/celestine_sox/celestine_sox.html


In the meantime, while procrastinating, I decided to knit a bib based on the Mason Dixon knitting book pattern. I went out to buy some Sugar'n Cream and they had some really nice colors. I've finished a bib that I'll send off with the Celestine for Michael, and I think I'll knit a few more bibs - one for a friend who just had a baby and a few more to keep on hand for future babies. This one is made with color "Swimming Pool". I really like how it turned out. My boyfriend had a great idea - he thinks it needs a little goldfish on it. Does anyone know where I can get some little fabric goldfish to sew onto the bib?
Rebecca [becbec on Ravelry]


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I have sock ADD

I am working on too many things and not finishing anything.

My main thing that I tried to finish in February (unsuccessfully) was weaving in the ends of a pair of colorwork socks knit in cotton. I figured out that there are 44 ends total, and I am still less than half done. Not too crazy about weaving in ends in the first place, but especially not in cotton. I have dragged this out for way too long, and am determined to finish.

Also working on the heel of another sock and have one sock of a pair left to finish. I really, really want to start a new pair. Maybe it's spring fever or something.

I will post a picture or pictures if I ever manage to finish any of this crop.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

These Socks Left The Cities



And went to North Dakota! I used the basic sock pattern from the Yarn Harlot, which is pretty much my standard sock pattern these days. This was the first time, though, that I turned a heel without actually consulting some other pattern for detailed steps. I feel so liberated!

I have no idea what this self-striping yarn is. I bought in on a trip to Arizona this winter, and I thought it would simmer in my stash for a long time. Instead, I ended up bringing it with me on a business trip, and I hastily tore the label off of it and misplaced it. At any rate, I'm not usually a fan of self-striping yarn, but this one really fit the recipient.

And yeah, I suppose I could have made them look the same, but when I use self-striping yarn, I prefer to make each sock look a little different. I like seeing how each part of the sock knits up differently. It's a good thing I prefer that difference, too, since the yarn was actually broken and knotted together, with a big chunk of the pattern missing.

I think these socks turned out okay. I made them for my mother, for her 75th birthday. Her first pair of handknit socks. When I make handknits for other people, I like spending my knitting time thinking of that person and what they mean to me. I enjoyed making these socks, and thinking of my mother, how she likes to quilt, and how even though I don't quilt, we share this broader connection to hand made gifts. Hopefully, she'll like them as much as I enjoyed making them for her.

Monday, March 17, 2008

First Post!


Sharon R. here with my first socks posted. For a long time I wondered what was so great about knitting socks, even after making a couple of pair. It just seemed to take so long. Then a couple of months ago I decided to try it with 2 circular needles - another thing I never understood the appeal of, because I'm quite comfortable with double points. But I had a trip coming up and I liked the idea of being able to knit socks on the airplane, so I gave it another try. Wow, socks go so much more quickly with 2 circulars. I am now hooked.

Here's my latest finished pair, made with Taos (not really a sock yarn). These are "house socks" for my sister whose feet are always cold. I used a pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks with a baby cable rib. She loves them!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Zombie Attack!

I'm doing Sock Madness but I don't think I'm going to go very far. It's a tournament to complete a pair of socks with everyone using the same pattern. The first pattern is called Zombies and I don't think I'll make it past the first round because some people have completed pairs and I have this:

Zombie Progress

It's still kind of fun and I love patterns that include dropped stitches because it feels like you're doing something "against the rules" a lot. Every time is like a little knitting rebellion, like setting down a project in the middle of a row.